Pours cloudy with lots of small floating particles. Foam is really non-existent, so no retention or lacing either.
Aroma is interesting and complex. Caramel sweetness seems to underlie a huge amount of cherries, some brett, a nice but not over whelming tartness, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. A smorgasbord for the nose.
The taste follows the complexities found by the nose. Cherry comes through the biggest of the tastes up front, masking caramel sweetness. Other flavors join in the middle and end leaving a tart, oak, and bourbon finish.
Body is thick with minimal carbonation. Dries the palate from the first sip.
I haven't a ton of wild ales but this one, at least from memory, is up there as one of the best I have ever had. The tartness is subtle instead of destroying the palate it accents the other complexities of the beer. This is really well done. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 09:54:08
Tasted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011
$28.99 for 750 ml bottle
One fine body…
A massive brown ale base that is made from four fermentable sugars including Malted Barley, Raisins, Candi Sugar and Sour Cherries, this beer is fully fermented before being placed in Bourbon barrels where the beer ages for one year with the Sour Cherries and the wild Brettanomyces yeast that we inoculate the barrels with.